May 18, 2024  
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education (Multi-Categorical) (BS)

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Federal CIP: 13.1006 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation

The degree in Multi-categorical Special Education is intended for those candidates who plan to work with students with special needs. The B.S. degree in Multi-categorical Special Education allows for certification of teacher candidates in grades PreK-12 in the areas of learning disabilities, mild to moderate mental disabilities, and emotional/behavior disorders. The degree is recognized by the National Council for Exceptional Children and the South Carolina Department of Education.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Special Education are expected to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in each of the following areas.

Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences

Beginning special education professionals understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.

Learning Environments

Beginning special education professionals create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and self-determination.

Curricular Content Knowledge

Beginning special education professionals use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities.


Beginning special education professionals use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions.

Instructional Planning and Strategies

Beginning special education professionals select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies6 to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities.

Professional Learning and Practice

Beginning special education professionals use foundational knowledge of the field and the their professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession.


Beginning special education professionals collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals witexceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences.

Majors must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 with no grade lower than B- in all EDUC, EDRS and PHED courses in their program.

Special Education (Multi-Categorical) BS Requirements

Specified Core Curriculum

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum  requirements.  The following specific core curriculum course(s) is required.

Three (3) Hours Selected from the following:


*All EDUC, EDRS, and PHED courses require a B- minimum grade with an overall GPA of 2.75. Admittance into Lock I requires an overall GPA of 2.75.


Core Curriculum  Requirements 40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 85 hrs.


Total: 125 hrs.

Add-On Certificate Program in Special Education

Traditional students seeking initial certification will need to double major in Special Education and their chosen field.

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